Senior Donor Relations Manager

Summer Search Bay Area

About the organization

While young people from low-income communities – who are disproportionately young people of color – face systemic inequities in school, in the workforce, and in life, they possess unique strengths, resilience and tremendous potential. When provided with support and resources, these young people fulfill their potential and achieve success in school, work, and life.

Through a combination of mentoring and transformative experiences, Summer Search supports young people to successfully transition from adolescence into adulthood. We aim to unleash the potential of our young people while also building a toolkit for navigating and challenging systemic barriers to higher education and career opportunities. To learn more about Summer Search visit:


Summer Search Bay Area is hiring a Senior Donor Relations Manager (SDRM) to be based in Oakland or neighboring offices who will manage and grow an existing major gift portfolio of individual donors capable of making five- to six-figure gifts. Seeking someone w/ 4-5years related experience that loves building relationships and creating personalized stewardship plans and is a strong communicator for pipeline management and growth planning. Salary range is 84-90k. Send your referrals and reach out with any questions to Vanessa at [email protected] For a full job description visit website.


The Senior Donor Relations Manager position calls for someone with a strong track record of building authentic partnerships in a professional setting, inspiring a variety of audiences through a clear, concise articulation of the importance of an organization’s work. Specifically, this hire will bring:

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 4-5 years of related work experience, ideally in nonprofit development, fundraising, relationship management or business stewardship, with at least 2-3 years of demonstrated experience in demonstrated success in advancing individual relationships through the cultivation/sales process, ideally toward gift sizes of five figures or greater.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Strong communicator with the ability to inspire a variety of audiences and articulate the importance of an organization’s work in a concise and compelling manner. Demonstrated ability to articulate an organization’s mission with a high degree of respect for constituents served.

RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT: Comfort level in a forward-facing role and a track record of building authentic partnerships that demonstrate respect, empathy, and connection. Demonstrated skill in active listening and building rapport with others.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT: Approaches work in an organized manner to achieve goals and objectives. Adept in balancing competing priorities when managing projects.

ENTREPRENEURIAL MINDSET: Resourcefulness and a “get it done” attitude, with the ability to drive innovation



Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Select "Apply for this Position" below to submit a resume and targeted cover letter, addressed to Kenyon DeVault, Deputy Director, that answers the question, “Why are you interested in the Senior Donor Relations Manager opportunity at Summer Search?”

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